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Headword: *(usso/s
Adler number: upsilon,680
Translated headword: pilum
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning a] javelin.
"He launched a pilum and struck him through both the shield and the breastplate".[1]
"Of pila, some are stout, others light."[2]
Greek Original:
*(usso/s: a)ko/ntion. e)cakonti/sas u(sso\n dih/lasen au)tou= to/n te qureo\n kai\ to\n qw/raka. tw=n de\ u(ssw=n oi( me/n ei)si paxei=s, oi( de\ leptoi/.
In Polybius (see below) and elsewhere, the Greek word u(sso/s -- the present headword -- does seem to mean the Romans' pilum.
[1] Quotation (transmitted, in Adler's view, via the Excerpta Constantini Porphyrogeniti) unidentifiable with certainty, but Favuzzi 463-465 now argues for Appian.
[2] Polybius 6.23.9.
Andrea Favuzzi, 'Nuovi frammenti di Appiano', Epigrafia e territorio -- Politica e societa 10 (2016) 461-465
Keywords: biography; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; history; military affairs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 19 August 2010@07:38:42.
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Catharine Roth (expanded note, set status) on 19 August 2010@12:51:36.
David Whitehead (my tr typo) on 19 August 2010@13:11:49.
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David Whitehead on 1 December 2013@07:12:36.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2016@06:40:57.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2016@06:41:33.
David Whitehead (expanded a note, with bibliography) on 14 February 2017@11:24:05.


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